Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words our inspiring and budding field hockey girls who all are your fans shall like to know from you for their climb to ladder of success in field hockey?
Ms. Ellen Hoog: I think pleasure is the key to success. Work hard and enjoy every hour on the field. When you want to distinguish yourself from your teammates you have to spend more hours on the field to practice. But never forget to enjoy the time you spent on the pitch or the gym.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: How did you feel before and after your memorable winning shot in 2012 summer Olympics semi-final against New Zealand?
Ms. Ellen Hoog: Surprisingly I wasnt very nervous for my shootout. I was very confident, because we rehearsed shootouts many times. After my winning shot I felt relieved and proud. It was the most exciting game of my life so I was extremely happy that we won in the end. After the game we were very happy off course, but when we got back in the Olympic village our focus was directly on winning the Final.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: It is told that as you lost your father to cancer a week after the European Championship victory in Ireland, an irreparable great personal loss, you with sheer determination against all odds returned to normal life again and started playing the new season started in October 2005. How you were able to overcome this emotional setback and what advice you can give to fellow sports person in a similar situation?
Ms. Ellen Hoog: Hockey was a distraction for me in a rough period. Training with my teammates and having fun on the pitch was good for me at that time. My father was always supporting me so I also felt I needed to go on for him. That thought gave me energy.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have won two Olympic gold medals, three European Championships, One World Championship and numerous other awards. How you remain so humble and lovable and success has not made you the least arrogant and proud which is mostly with all the celebrity stars?
Ms. Ellen Hoog: I am really thankful and happy to have this talent. I enjoy every tournament and I see many challenges for the coming tournaments. My role in the team is different and I’m very motivated to win the coming World Cup next summer in my own country. I think its important to have people around you who keep your feet on the ground. I have no reason to be arrogant, I have been lucky to have this talent and to be playing with the best hockey athletes in the world.